Improving medication compliance with connected bottles and more: Interview with AdhereTech CEO Chris O’Brien

AdhereTechNew York City-based medical technology company Aidia Smart Bottle (formerly known as Smart Pill Bottle) is connected to help improve medication compliance with lights, voice alerts, and text message reminders. It is a pill bottle. The bottle reminds the patient to take the drug and, if missed, to take it.

Inadequate medication compliance can be a determinant between disease management and disease progression. During the COVID-19 pandemic, many patients with chronic health did not have regular contact with their doctors or other health care providers. In other words, compliance with medication may have been delayed.

Connected systems, such as those provided by AdhereTech, help patients stay in touch with their healthcare providers and gain greater control over their illness management. The company recently announced the Aidia Digital Health System, a digital ecosystem that pairs with smart bottles. It provides medical staff with information about patient compliance and helps them understand how and why patients suffer from compliance.

Med Gadget I had the opportunity to talk about technology with Chris O’Brien, CEO of AdhereTech.

Conn Hastings, Medgadget: What is the outline of medication adherence and its importance to patient outcomes?

Chris O’Brien, AdhereTech: Downstream of the medical system, non-compliance causes so much human suffering and so much cost. Continuing treatment as directed by your doctor is essential to your treatment, especially for people with chronic health. We know that medicines generally work and improve our lives. We are blessed to live in an era when there are many excellent medicines we can use. But they don’t work and they can’t help unless you take them.

The problem is that patients with serious illness leave the clinic with a complex set of instructions on how to care for them, the purpose of the drug, when to take it, etc., and since then they and their caregivers However, there is little ongoing support. And that’s what AdhereTech changed using the Aidia ™ system. We provide support for home patients and when needed.

Medgadget: In your opinion, how did the COVID-19 pandemic affect your medication adherence? Did more patients fall out of the wagon in terms of taking tablets on a regular basis?

Chris O’Brien: Yes, unfortunately it was a tough time for everyone. At the start of the 2019 pandemic, the challenges for those taking medications on a regular and on-time basis have increased significantly as the world expands to blockades, quarantines, social distances, and health infrastructure to the limit.

One of the reasons the problem got worse was that many felt isolated and overwhelmed. Patients, especially those with chronic illnesses, are out of health care when they feel away from the care team. Remembering (and trying to replenish) medication during a pandemic remains a problem for people. However, there are promising data showing that people who can stay connected to care through telemedicine, remote patient monitoring, or smart devices feel positively supported. Connected systems like us can improve our lives and outcomes, especially during this difficult time in human history.

Medgadget: What influenced the company to develop technologies that improve medication compliance?

Chris O’Brien: The entire AdhereTech team aims to build new technologies that help people reach the best possible health and provide patients with an ongoing connection to care. As identified earlier, medication compliance is a serious problem and many solutions are inadequate to help a significant number of people get going. We knew early on that insights into human behavior and patient thinking could provide technology to address this issue. As such, our system is provided free of charge to patients, removing the psychological and practical barriers that prevent many from getting on track with prescribed medications. Aidiasystem ™ does not require setup, downloads, learning curves, new habits or behaviors.

Providing such unique solutions has inspired us since the company was founded in 2011. Our team has extensive experience in providing effective digital health solutions and improving patient outcomes. Addressing one of the most unmanageable issues in the medical system, adherence, is an exciting and valuable challenge for all of us. And we are successful in that.

Medgadget: Get an overview of the Aidia Smart Bottle and how it works to improve patient compliance.

Chris O’Brien: Formerly known as smart pill bottles, Aidia smart bottles encourage people to take medication through light signals, audible chimes, and text message reminders. It also incorporates a cellular chip that provides real-time connectivity between patients, pharmacies and care teams.

This bottle was designed to appeal to a much wider patient group than early technology adopters. Connected technology isn’t just about technology. They also have to be smart about the people who use them.

Our medicine bottle was created with three principles in mind. First, it connects and works the moment the patient receives it without downloading or assembling it. Then it behaves like a regular version of the device that is not connected. In our case, it means it works like a regular bottle, so it’s simple and intuitive for the user. And third, the bottle works for a long time without the need to recharge.

When we first launched the smart bottle, we were a little ahead of the curve. However, the industry has since caught up as the pandemic of COVID-19 has made digital health solutions increasingly accepted as part of modern life.

Medgadget: Give us an overview of the new Aidia Digital Health System and how it can improve the patient’s experience.

Chris O’Brien: The Aidia System is a proven, integrated, cloud-based, technology-based solution that enables patients and medical teams to achieve optimal dosing success. On average, some patient groups have data showing that our solution improves treatment duration by 26%, filling rate by 9%, and dose level compliance by 15%.

The key to its effectiveness is that Aidia uses real-time data passively collected on smart devices to create customized patient support. As a result, we can teach the entire healthcare system more about why patients skip or refuse to replenish their prescriptions, while at the same time providing real-time health interventions to those who need it most. Can be triggered.

The system was developed on the assumption that patients do not need to be tech-savvy to benefit from it. Instead, it is designed to easily serve patients with any demographic, whether young, old, rural, urban, very ill, or simply forgotten.

Health systems address key issues such as patient access, health fairness, real-world evidence, and data collection. The information that the Aidia System passively collects from patients is valuable because it helps advance these issues for the patient’s ultimate benefit.

Medgadget: What are your future plans? Do you have plans for new devices and digital tools that can contribute to the connected ecosystem you are developing?

Chris O’Brien: Over the next few years, we will focus on further development of devices that connect to Aidia systems and the quality of real-time data that can be captured and shared with our customers. This data will help them improve their medicines and services in the future.

We have a world-class product engineering team that is constantly repetitive, working on new products that take on the various form factors that pharmaceuticals take so that as many patients as possible can benefit.

Adherence is not only important to the success of commercialized products. It is also the basis of clinical trials that help new treatments hit the market. Therefore, in the near future, there are opportunities to expand the use of the Aidia system, including improving medication adherence in clinical trials that will help new therapies reach the market.

Link: AdhereTech homepage … Improving medication compliance with connected bottles and more: Interview with AdhereTech CEO Chris O’Brien

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